I Love Almonds!

I love almonds! I eat them almost everyday – either raw, roasted or in my green smoothie. I even love almond milk! Here are some interesting facts from NutriLiving:

What’s Going on with Almonds?

Did you know that California supplies 80 percent of the world’s almonds? Not only do they help manage weight and combat diabetes, they are also one of the most nutrient-packed tree nuts on Earth! Get your almond Blast ready with these fun facts about one of our favorite NutriBlast boosts!

 

Foods You Shouldn’t Refreeze After Thawing

Good to know! We freeze a lot of things to reduce waste (empty nesters here), but I will look at these tips before refreezing! Great tips from Kitchn:

5 Foods You Should Never Refreeze

TIPS FROM THE KITCHN

 1 Foods You Shouldnt Refreeze After Thawing

Freezing food is a great way to have meals on the go and food stashed away to avoid last minute trips to the grocery store or ordering delivery. It also helps us not to waste food and is, in a sense, an extension of our pantry.

But we’ve all been there. We rifled through our freezer and pulled out a few things to thaw in the fridge and promptly forgot about them. Can you put it back in the freezer? Here’s a list of five things that you should avoid giving a refreeze and why refreezing in general is a big no-no.

 2 Foods You Shouldnt Refreeze After Thawing

What Happens When You Freeze

Freezing anything ruptures some of the cell walls in the product at hand. It’s why frozen food doesn’t taste quite as good as fresh and why oftentimes frozen foods aren’t as expensive as their fresh counterparts, especially meat and seafood.

What Happens When You Refreeze

When you freeze, thaw and refreeze an item, the second thaw will break down even more cells, leaching out moisture and deliciousness and changing the integrity of the product.

The other enemy is bacteria. Frozen and thawed food will develop harmful bacteria faster than fresh. It’s not something you can see, so it’s easy to brush off, but the threat is real. Once the ice crystals from your food are gone, your food starts the clock on developing these nasty buggers.

Freezing and thawing of foods is a big safety concern and there are legal restrictions for the restaurant and grocery industries to help keep us all safe. Applying these same philosophies in our own home will ensure the same!

How to Handle Thawed Food

Your best bet will always be to cook or utilize what you thawed and if needed, refreeze the cooked product. That said, there’s not always time to cook it, so if you’re in a hurry and debating whether or not to throw it back in the freezer, keep in mind these five things that should never, ever be refrozen!

 3 Foods You Shouldnt Refreeze After Thawing

1. Raw Proteins

This includes meats, poultry and seafood. If they were thawed in a chilled environment that’s less than 42 degrees (like your refrigerator), then it’s safe to refreeze. But if they thawed on the counter or have an off color or smell, they’re done!

Don’t forget that a lot of seafood, especially shrimp, arrive at the grocery store frozen but are defrosted to be put into the display case. They’ve already gone through a first freeze, so don’t put them in your home freezer for a second freeze!

2. Ice Cream

If you left it out on the counter so that it was easier to scoop and then forgot to put it back in the freezer quickly, just drink it as a milkshake and call it a day folks. Refrozen ice cream will have a weird, icy texture.

3. Juice Concentrates

Fermentation occurs quicker than you think in fruit-based products, so don’t forget that this goes for blended smoothies too.

4. Combination Meals

Eat up your casseroles, pot pies, stews, pastas, and the like or bring it for lunch so that it doesn’t go to waste. After all, it’s cooked and ready to go so it’s the easiest kind of homemade meal to have!

5. Cooked Proteins

Freezing leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken is a great idea, but then you pulled it out for salads a few weeks later and forgot about it in your fridge. Call some friends over and put the chicken on nachos ASAP, because it shouldn’t be refrozen!

Don’t forget that there are also some foods that you should never freeze in the first place! Check out that list before you stock up at end-of-season farmers markets!

Boston Layer-Lapse

How cool is this?!? Wow. It is like he took timelapse and put it on steroids! icon smile Boston Layer Lapse Check out

Boston Layer-Lapse

Boston Layer-Lapse from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

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Hours Spent Shooting~ 100
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I’m aware of a couple photographers that have done similar work including Fong Qi Wei’s “Time in Motion” series which definitely influenced me, and Geoff Tompkinson’s “Chicago toccata & fugue” which I did not discover until much more recently. If anyone is working on a similar style, please feel free to reach out to me, I’d love to exchange ideas.

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International Slang

If you travel a lot, this fun guide from Conde Nast is

Your Guide to Slang in Other Countries

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One of the best ways to blend in with locals while traveling is to be well versed in the vernacular. We spoke to our local experts around the world to bring you some useful slang from the streets of cities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

PARIS

The French have an argot—a language used by groups to prevent outsiders from understanding (friendly, eh?)—called verlan, which is a type of slang created by inverting syllables (sort of like pig Latin). This is actually quite popular in common parlance, with words like teuf (a party, or to party = faire la teuf, from fete) and meuf(woman, from femme). Here are some words that tourists might find useful on the streets of Paris:

Ouais = instead of oui

Coucou = Hey there (very casual)

Schez-pas = I don’t know (reduced version of je ne sais pas)

Fringue = clothes

Bouffe = food

Un express / un petit cafe = espresso; for the latter, they don’t really mean a small coffee, it’s still an espresso.

Un pot = a drink (prendre un pot = get a drink)

Sous = money. This is actually old French and it’s made a comeback.

C’est dingue ! = It’s strange / crazy!

Mince! / oh la vache! = Darn.

ROME

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Italian is peppered with slang and abbreviations that have taken on a life of their own. Here are some useful verbal phrases to impress the locals on your next trip to Italy:

Che schifo! = How disgusting!

Che palle! = What a pain!

Daje! = Come on!/Hurry up! (The Roman version of wider Italian “dai!”)

Bo – accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders, translates as a nonchalant “Haven’t got a clue.” It can also mean “I don’t agree with you, but I’m not going to get into an argument about it right now.”

Mortacci tua ! = Your death! (especially used by drivers with a bit of Roman road rage)

Scialla = Relax.

nnamo = Let’s go (from “andiamo“).

Amo’ =for “amore,” when you address your loved one

Teso’ = for “tesoro” (literally “treasure”). You often hear parents addressing their little children in this way.

BERLIN

Believe it or not, Berlin has its own dialect. Berliner Schnauze (literally, Berlin snout) is thought to originate with East Low German—which, though rejected from the 16th century on in favor of standard German, was retained in parts and evolved into theBerlinisch that can be heard on the streets of the capital today.

One defining feature is that the “g” sound is replaced by a “j” (pronounced softly in German, like the English “y”). So “Guten Morgen (good morning)” would be “Juten Morjen” (pronounced “yooten moryen”). Similarly, the “ich” sound (“ich” means “I” in German) is pronounced “ick,” which (conveniently) happens to be much easier for native English speakers to wrap their mouths around.

Typically known for being somewhat rough around the edges, this traditional vernacular is actually quite charming, and has given rise to numerous little sayings and rhymes such as:

Ick gloob, meen Schwein pfeift—literally translated, this means: “I believe my pig is whistling,” and has a similar meaning to the English idiom “Knock me down with a feather!”

Then there’s:

Ick liebe Dir

Ick liebe Dich

Wie’s richtich is’

Det wees ick nich’

Ick liebe Dir

Uff alle Fälle.

Which roughly translates to:

I love you [dative case]

I love you [accusative case]

Which one is right

I do not know

I love you

In any case.

BOSTON

The broad New England accent has evolved its own language of sorts.Here are some of the most well-used quirks of the Bostonian tongue:

Bubblah = (drinking) water fountain

Packie ­= package store = liquor store

Spa = neighborhood corner shop where you’d buy cigarettes or milk

Cella = the basement of your house

Wicked = most, very, a superlative

Suppah = dinner, last meal of the day

LONDON

Cockney rhyming slang is a traditional and fun extension to the English language; it originated in the East End of London, and is still used by Londoners at times. It was widely used by criminals who wanted to talk without being understood, and later adopted by honest citizens for the same reasons.It works by choosing a two- or three-word phrase ending in a word that rhymes with the one you want to hide. You can then drop the rhyming word for even more clandestine chat. An early example is the phrase “apples and pears,” which is used for stairs. Instead of saying, “I’m walking up the stairs,” you’d say, “I’m walking up the apples.” Got it?

Listen carefully and chances are you’ll hear some of these on the streets of London today:

Adam and Eve ­=believe. “I don’t Adam and Eve it.”

Brown Bread = dead. “He’s brown bread.”

Cream Crackered = knackered. “I’m totally cream crackered.”

Dog and Bone = phone. If someone’s phone is ringing: “Is that your dog barking?”

Lady Godiva = fiver. A five-pound note… “He owes me a Lady.”

Loaf of Bread = head…”Use your loaf.”

Pork Pies = lies. “Stop telling porkies!”

Rosy Lee = tea. “Fancy a cuppa Rosy?” See also: drink.

Ruby Murray = curry. “Fancy a Ruby tonight?”

Sherbert Dab = cab. “I’m taking a Sherbert home tonight.” __See also: taxi.

Syrup of Figs = wig. “You can tell he’s wearing a syrup.”

Whistle and Flute ­= suit. “Nice whistle, mate.”

SHANGHAI

Though you might struggle with the notoriously tricky intonation of Chinese languages, there’s still a way to play locals at their own game when it comes to slang: Just use email or SMS. As a way to save money on text messaging, as well as avoid censorship, the Chinese use the pronunciation of each number to create a kind of code that can be deciphered phonetically. For example, the numbers are pronounced as follows (the numbers after each written pronunciation indicates the tone, of four, that should be used):

0 = ling (2)

1 = yi (1)

2 = er (2)

3 = san (1)

4 = si (4)

5 = wu (3)

6 = liu (4)

7 = qi (1)

8 = ba (1)

9 = jiu (3)

10 = shi (2)

So, if you are crying or sad, you can write “55555” (i.e.”wuwuwuwuwu“). Here are some more examples:

5376 (wu san qi liu) = I am angry.

8147 (ba yao si qi) = Don’t be angry.

56 (wu liu) = bored.

517 (wu yao qi) = I want to eat. Fun fact: The number for McDonald’s in China, which offers 24-hour delivery, is 4008-517-517, i.e. 4008-I want to eat-I want to eat.

520 = “wu(3)er(2)ling(2)” or “I love you.” To say “I love you” is “wo(3)ai(2)ni(3)” and that sounds very similar.

Then sign off your message with 88. The number 8 is pronounced “ba” in chinese which sounds like “bye,” so instead of writing it, you can just write “8” or “88”—or “888888888”!”

Natalie Holmes is with Context Travel walking tours, a company chosen as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top travel specialists. Learn more about local language quirks over on the Context Travel blog.

Pair Food with your Spices

I love pairing – wine and food or in this case spices with food! Take a look at this handy chart that Lifehacker brings us on

How to Pair Your Spices with Food

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Mixing herbs and spices in meals can be healthy, but you still need to know which spice goes with what ingredient. Spice Advice has a chart you can refer to for quick decisions.

The spreadsheet covers everything from allspice to thyme, and is divided into different ingredients or dishes:

  • Appetizers
  • Soups
  • Eggs & Cheese
  • Meats
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Salads
  • Sauces & Relishes
  • Vegetables
  • Breads & Desserts

While not a comprehensive list, it should cover most common foods and spices. It’s not an easy link to remember, so bookmark it.

Spice Usage Tips | Spice Advice via Reddit

Animal Hybrids – Too Scary or Too Cute?

Oh wow. I’m not sure, but this certainly is clever! From PetaPixel we get

Photoshop Artist Creates Wacky Animal Hybrids that are Mostly Cute and Sometimes Terrifying

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Photoshop artist and photographer Sarah DeRemer likes animals, but she doesn’t like them just the way they are. Sure, a seal is cute… and a pug is cute… but why settle on that when your Photoshop skills will let you create what she has dubbed a ‘Speal’?

DeRemer, for her part, never settles. And so, for her series of Hybrid Animals, she mixes together species that from opposite sides of the animal kingdom to create sometimes strange, sometimes cuddly, and sometimes terrifying (I’m looking at you… Shider) animals of her very own.

“I started creating hybrid animals as a way to improve my Photoshop skills,” she wrote recently on Bored Panda. “I find it fun to mix animals, especially when it creates a startling juxtaposition such as a ferocious animal on a cute and tiny one.”

What started as an exercise for the Hybrid Animals subreddit (yes… there is such a thing) has now become a fun hobby and led to quite the collection of hybrid creatures with odd names:

Birboon Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Dorca Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Peal Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Whitetigermonkey Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Wrenell Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Shider Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Highland Red Pandow Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Bit Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Hedgippo Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Meeraffe Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Birboon Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Tapir Shark Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Pirdy Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Pandowl Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

Peal2 Animal Hybrids   Too Scary or Too Cute?

If you’d like to see more, or check out DeRemer’s really fun Animal Food hybrids, head over to her Facebook page and give her a like.

Make Your Own Disaster Survival Gear

From MakeUseOf we get this great infographic on

How To Make Disaster Survival Gear With Common Household Items

A storm has just hit. Lights are out. Power’s out. You’ve run out of candles. What do you do? MakeUseOf writers are quite the survivalist. We’ve written about emergency gear you’ll need to survive an apocalypse and minor disasters. But what if you’re unprepared?

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 Make Your Own Disaster Survival Gear

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